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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:39 am    Post subject: 2006 SE Off Road vs 2008 SE/LE Reply with quote

Looking to purchase my first R51 and I am curious as to the community's thoughts on my choices here. They aren't in any particular order and my wife and my two must haves are leather and 4x4. Is the Off Road package worth having it shipped to me?

1. 2006 SE Off Road
https://www.libertytoyotascion.com/used/Nissan/2006-Nissan-Pathfinder-colorado-springs-5fa278e60a0e0adf484d5bd1b1f5c85a.htm

2. 2008 LE
http://www.allright-autosales.com/2008-Nissan-Pathfinder/Used-SUV/FederalWay-WA/6633529/Details.aspx

3. 2008 SE
http://autosonlyinc.com/used-cars/carsunder15k/735216-2008-Nissan-Pathfinder-SE

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Off-Road really doesn't add much that you can't add yourself. The '08 has some nice updates like the LCD screen, backup cam, BOSE, along with interior/exterior tweaks. Also, the '08+ are more reliable just due to them being around longer. Regardless, make sure you look closely at the radiators. There have been quite a few people show up here that just bought a Pathfinder and the transmission goes out soon after. If the prior owner had a radiator failure it likely damaged the transmission as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Off-Road SE will give you more skid plates, Hill Assist and Hill Descent control, and Rancho shocks that aren't much better than the regular units. The LE model will give you leather, fake wood grain, and of most significance, a different transfer case; LE models have an "AUTO" mode transfer case, which is similar in function to GM's SmartTrak II system. It can sense and/or anticipated a slip and, using a wet clutch, transfer power to the front wheels for as long as needed. Non-LE models have the standard transfer case without that feature. For what it's worth, I get another 1-2 MPG from my 08 SE than I do with my 06 LE.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies guys. I didn't think the Off Road offered too much special stuff in the grand scheme of things.

Skinny, I will definitely check our the radiator and probably bypass until I can replace (if it hasn't already).

Smj, do you think the MPG difference is the gearing change from 3.36 to the 3.13 or the transfer case? Whats your opinion on Nissan's auto mode?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really can't say what the difference is that causes the gas mileage difference, but I would guess the gearing. As far as the transfer case, I prefer the AUTO mode. I leave it in AUTO pretty much all the time except when in deep snow when I switch it to 4WD HI. Both are really good in the snow.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have the off road edition and have driven a normal 4x4 SE and can say the only thing that is useful is the hill assist and hill descent the skids it came with are not the best but i yet to change them out to aftermarket ones.
If off road is minor i would recommend the 2008 but the 2006 if its cheaper.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The factory skids are easy to add to a non SE-OR model and they aren't very expensive. I added them onto my LE model.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smj999smj

where did buy the skids for your LE? How much were they?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smj999smj

where did buy the skids for your LE? How much were they?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the full set of stock skid plates in my garage, any one interested?
(Upgraded to steel a few years ago)

Go for the LE...it has plenty of creature comforts and is just as good as any of them off-road!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the skids and bolts through CourtesyParts.com.
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